Posts Tagged ‘Anglo-Saxon’

Staffordshire Hoard is coming to America – Medievalists.net

August 13th, 2011

 

Sword pyramid (image from StaffordshireHoard.org.uk)

Sword pyramid (image from StaffordshireHoard.org.uk)

Staffordshire Hoard is coming to America – Medievalists.net.

Wonderful news! Can’t wait to see the exhibition. Given the current collaborators, I’m sure it will be top notch. It has been a long time since I’ve seen a world-class medieval exhibition, the last one being “The Making of England” at the British Museum/Library some twenty years ago.

For more information about the hoard, see the website. In late 2009, the British Museum Press published a small (48pp) volume on the hoard (ISBN: 978-0714123288), with a sampling of photographs.

HT to Medieval News

“Seven Ages Of Britain”: BBC’s New Multi-Part History of Britain

January 23rd, 2010
The Alfred Jewel (source: ashmolean.org)

The Alfred Jewel (source: ashmolean.org)

BBC presents a new series called “Seven Ages Of Britain” starting on 1/31/2010. Each of the seven episodes represents an era in British history, narrated by David Dimbleby. I’m particularly interested in the first age:

Programme 1: Age Of Conquest (AD 43-1066) – For a thousand years, from Emperor Claudius to William the Conqueror, the British Isles were defined by invasion, each successive wave bringing something new to the mix. The Romans brought figurative art, the Anglo-Saxons epic poetry, the Normans monumental architecture. David Dimbleby travels throughout Britain and beyond – to France, Italy and Turkey – in search of the greatest creations of the age.

Programme includes: bronze bust of Hadrian (British Museum); fragment of triumphal arch commemorating Claudius’ conquest of Britain (Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome); Roman coin of Britannia (Pantheon, Rome); frieze of Britannia under the heel of Emperor Claudius (Aphrodisias, Turkey); Roman gold brooch (Dolaucothi Gold Mine, Wales); Oceanus Dish (British Museum); Roman mosaic work (Bignor Roman Villa); Beowulf; Sutton Hoo treasure (Sutton Hoo and British Museum); Celtic Cross (Iona); Jarrow Monastery; Codex Amiatinus (Laurentian Library, Florence); Alfred Jewel (Ashmolean Museum); Alfred’s translation of Pastoral Care (Bodleian Library); Caen Castle and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (Normandy); Bayeux Tapestry (Normandy); the Tower of London.

Thanks to Medieval News for the original blog post.

Staffordshire Hoard: The Book

January 4th, 2010
The Staffordshire Hoard Book (from the British Museum Shop website)

The Staffordshire Hoard Book (from the British Museum Shop website)

I just received my copy of the British Museum book on the Staffordshire Hoard. Although it’s a bit shorter than I’d like (but matches the page count listed on the BM site), it has some lovely pictures, a concise history, and an overall adequate summary of the find itself. Glad to support the work going on there.

Some day, I’d like to see the artifacts in person, but until I get across the pond, I’ll have to settle for this book. A tidy little picturebook, to be sure…

Get yours today!